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Alliant Essential Communications Elements Toolkit

February 1, 2022

This tool is improvement of cross-setting management of high risk medications (opioids, anticoagulants, and diabetes medications) during transitions of care to prevent adverse drug events and subsequently reduce emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions.

Purpose: Adverse drugs events (ADE) have been identified as a major contributor to preventable hospitalizations and emergency department visits. This toolkit identifies the fundamental provider communication criteria necessary for the safe transition of care for patients receiving pain medication, anticoagulants, and diabetes medications. Additionally, it can be used to evaluate your facility practices regarding communication of requisite pain‐related elements to subsequent providers and identify opportunities for system improvements.